Out with hand no elbow; in with elbow no hand

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2011/11/28

This is one of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s favorite sayings. It is a technical principle of his Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. By following this principle, many other important theoretical principles will start to manifest themselves eventually. This is the foundation of foundations in this system.

About Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

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CantonCannon November 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Is that 收肘不收手、出手不出肘?

I can attest to that. I did that for three months in a row and nothing else while I was back in Calgary.


zengrappler September 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Hi Webmaster,
Do you have Mini Lesson specifically on “Out With Hand In With Elbow: Foundations of foundations”?
If yes, may I have the purchase link? If no, can you make one Mini Lesson on it?



Kelvin Ho September 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Every action in Practical Method has to be that. You can just view Basic Foundations if you need a starting point.


zengrappler September 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Thank you Kevin. I have purchased basic foundations. Since it called the foundation of foundations, I was looking for some lesson specifically focused on the hand-elbow movement in practical method:-)


Kelvin Ho September 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Foundations are base building blocks for everything else.


charlie wishon September 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm
charlie wishon September 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm
charlie wishon September 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Also look on you tube, and find the video ” to withdraw is to issue” .


zengrappler September 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Thank you Charlie. I will check out the link to post.


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